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A new quirk for 2019 Topps Heritage?

Posted in Commentary with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 2, 2019 by Cardboard Icons

The Topps Heritage line is a fun set to collect or view from afar each year. For the most part, Topps stays true to the original design and quirks, often mimicking the errors of the past to maintain that sense of nostalgia that’ve come to embrace over the years

Of course in recent memory they’ve also added a slew of variations to make for extreme chase cards in some cases. But today I think I found a new tradition, one that doesn’t appear to be a throwback to the 1970 set.

While sorting a bit of the Heritage that I picked up this week I noticed something that doesn’t appear to be an homage to the original set. Grab your stacks of Heritage and thumb through them and pull out your base cards of the Washington Nationals and Colorado Rockies. Remember, I’m talking base cards, not the multi-player rookie cards of subsets.

Now turn them over and look at the bio box.

Do you see it?

Right below the player’s biographical information is the team name: Washington Nationals or Colorado Rockies. Now go look at the other card backs. You’ll notice that cards of the other teams don’t have the team name on back.

I asked a hobby friend of mine what the deal was with this and he seemed to not know about it, suggesting that maybe it was a wink to something from 1970. I figured that may have been the case too, so I looked and I did not see the team name on the back of the 1970 cards.

I also noticed something else … a handful of the Nationals cards in the 2019 set (cards 1-400 not the SPs 401-500) corresponded by number with cards of the Washington Senators and Minnesota Twins from the 1970 set, which is a fun hat tip since there is some lineage between the Senators-Twins-Nationals franchises and locations.

Have you noticed any other fun quirks to the 2019 Heritage set? Leave a comment below.

Update on Joe Mauer TTM issue

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , on July 31, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

Got an interesting Tweet today from follower WillCampbell45 who sent along this link regarding Joe Mauer and his Through-The-Mail signing habits. Looks like my Joe Mauer autograph may be real afterall.

See the original piece HERE.

TTM Success — Joe Mauer

Posted in TTM Success with tags , , , , , , on July 29, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

This one is entirely open for interpretation. Insight is welcome.

So I get home this afternoon and lo and behold there is another TTM return envelope sitting here waiting for me, this time with the name “Mauer” written on it. I write the last name of each player I send to on the return envelope because I save them all; it helps me 1) know whose returned my envelope before frantically ripping it open, and 2) keep them organized later. So I knew this was from Joe Mauer. Now what was inside was unexpected — sorta. Mauer is a superstar. Period. When I send to players of his caliber, there is a 2 percent chance I get anything back, and if I do it’ll be a pre-printed postcard … which is what was within and pictured to the right.

BUT … before you click away thinking my success is really a failure, you have to read the back of the card and then pay attention to the blue ink at the very bottom. Whether that is REALLY signed by Joe Mauer is open for interpretation, but this signature — well, partial, anyway — has three things going for it: 1) Most players who are rejecting your auto request would not go through the trouble of personalizing a post card. 2) This was returned within two weeks of the All-Star break, meaning that it’s entirely possibly that Joe actually spent half a day or so returning fan mail. 3) It’s Joe Mauer, whose documented to be a pretty nice guy.

So take from that what you will. Personally it goes down as a partial success. Much like any signature obtained through mail, there is no way of telling for sure who really signed it. But that blue ink is indeed ON TOP of the printed layer and it does say Joe.

You can see my entire through the mail request/success list here.